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Missouri Green Fleet

Organization name: Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
Project manager: Doug Norsby
Address: 600 Broadway, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64105-1659
Phone: 816-701-8259
Fax: 816-421-7758
E-mail: dnorsby@marc.org













Project budget
The total budget for this project was $663,020. Of this amount, $611,394 was allocated by the Department of Natural Resources, and $51,626 was a mandatory cost share that was provided by the Independence School District, which was included in this project.

Project period
May 1, 2010, through Feb. 29, 2012

Summary
Through this project, 192 school buses were retrofitted with fuel operated heaters (FOHs). In addition, one older school bus was replaced early with a new school bus meeting 2010 EPA emission standards. The older bus was rendered permanently disabled, thus maximizing the emission reductions of the project. Additionally, eight switch engine locomotives were retrofitted with automatic engine shutdown/startup devices (AESSDs).

Subproject 1: School bus retrofits

Seven school districts installed fuel operated heaters that allow engine coolant and the interior of the school buses to be heated without unnecessarily idling the buses. Fuel operated heaters using automated timers enable these districts to reduce fuel consumption, produce less emissions, decrease maintenance costs, and use driver and shop labor more efficiently. Only manufacturers and vendors with FOHs listed on the EPA verified Idle Reduction Technology list were allowed to bid for the contracts to provide the technology. Six of the school districts participated in a Regional Purchasing Cooperative agreement. All fuel operated heaters in the subproject have been installed and are currently in operation.

Subproject 2: Switch engine locomotive retrofits

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) retrofitted eight switch-engine locomotives with automatic engine shutdown/startup devices (AESSDs). AESSDs turn off the main engine while idling, but can restart the engine when necessary based on a set time period, temperature, or when other criteria such as battery charge indicate that idling is necessary. Only manufacturers and vendors with AESSDs and APUs listed on the EPA verified Idle Reduction Technology list were allowed to bid for the contracts to provide the technology. 

Subproject 3: School bus replacement

Independence School District purchased a new school bus as an early replacement for a currently operating older bus with outdated emissions controls, and the older school bus was destroyed. Bids for the new bus were taken from manufacturers or vendors of school buses with EPA certified engines that met 2010 EPA emission standards. The choice for the contract was made through a matrix of cost, options, quality, reliability and warranty information.